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Hadi Stresses Need to Unify Yemenis as Houthis Attack Hospital in Hodeidah

Hadi Stresses Need to Unify Yemenis as Houthis Attack Hospital in Hodeidah

Friday, 14 February, 2020 - 07:00
Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. (Reuters)
Taiz - Asharq Al-Awsat

Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi stressed on Thursday the importance of uniting ranks, efforts and resources to defend the country’s national interests.

"There are several challenges the country has been facing in the military, security, economic and developmental fields,” he said during a high-profile meeting on Thursday with the Vice President Ali Mohsen Saleh, parliament Speaker Sultan al-Burkani and Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik.

According to the Saba news agency, the officials tackled a wide-range of political, economic, security and military developments in Yemen, in addition to the peace prospects and the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement.

Hadi applauded the great sacrifices extended by the brave personnel of the armed forces to counter the Iran-allied Houthi militias and highly praised the generous support of the Saudi-led Arab coalition.

Saleh presented a brief report about the ongoing combat operations in different battlefields and flashpoints in Marib, al-Jawf, Nihm and elsewhere. Abdulmalik reported on the government's efforts reinstate basic services in the interim capital Aden and government-held regions.

On the battlefield, Houthi militias continued to violate the truce in Hodeidah. The Giants Brigades said the militias re-bombed the 22 May Hospital in Hodeidah city.

“The combined forces [the Giants Brigades, the National Resistance, and the Tuhami] have inflicted heavy losses against the militias in terms of equipment and lives as violent clashes erupted when the they attempted to infiltrate and attack the forces deployed east of the city of Ad-Durayhimi, south of Hodeidah,” they said.

Meanwhile, the Houthi-run Saba news agency acknowledged that six militia commanders were killed in recent battles with the government forces.

It said the funerals of Col. Abd al-Latif Saleh al-Ghafari, Col. Moeen Abdullah Merhi, Col. Abd al-Badi Abd al-Rab al-Houthi and Col. Ali Yahya al-Wajih were held in Sanaa on Wednesday, while the funerals of Brig. Yahya Abdel Jabbar Hassan Jahdan and Brig. Abdullah Muhammad Anash took place on Tuesday.

The news agency said the officers were "killed while defending national sovereignty” without specifying on which battlefield they were killed.

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